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New Service!

September 29th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen

We are now offering chaperoned trips to Hong Kong for the October SAT. We will make all necessary arrangements for you so your schedule will look like: 

Friday, October 9th –

Morning, Fly to Hong Kong

Afternoon, Check-in to hotel and go to nearby location for lunch

Late Afternoon, Tips and Tricks review session with SAT teacher

Evening, Dinner at nearby location

Night, Pep talk by Chaperone and SAT Teacher 

Saturday, October 10th –

06:30, Breakfast at hotel

07:00, Depart for test center

07:30, Arrive at test center

13:00, Finish test, meet Chaperone and go to lunch

15:00, Peak Tram

18:00, Dinner 

Sunday, October 11th –

Morning, Fly to Chengdu

Afternoon, Meet parents at Peter’s Tex Mex on Tong Zi  Lin Dong Lu 

The cost for the chaperone service will depend on how many students register. For more information contact the PFA office.


Word of the Day

September 29th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: : \ˈkä-(ˌ)lēg\

Function: noun

Definition: A co-worker.

Example: My colleagues at school bought me flowers for my birthday.



Pronunciation: \ˈa-brə-ˌgāt\

Function: verb

Definition: to abolish, repeal, or nullify

Example: The new law will be unable to abrogate the former, well established law.

Word of the Day

September 28th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: [skep-ti-kuhl]

Function: adjective

Definition: doubtful; disbelieving.

Example: I was skeptical when I read the advertisement for the apartment because the price seemed too low for such a big place.



Pronunciation: [i-buhl-yuhnt, i-bool-]

Function: adjective

Definition: bubbling with excitement, exuberant

Example: The student’s ebullient attitude lifted the mood of the entire class.

Word of the Day

September 18th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: \ə-ˈdapt, a-\

Function: verb

Definition: To adjust or make usable.

Example: Many animals can adapt their feeding habits according to changes in the food supply. 


Pronunciation: \ˈsīt\

Function: verb

Definition: To quote or refer to a person’s speech or writing.

Example: In his paper, Josh cited Martin Luther King, Jr. and Clarence Darrow.




Pronunciation: \ˈkȯi\

Function: adjective

Definition: shy, reluctant to make a commitment

Example: She was coy in her response.


Word of the Day

September 17th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: \ˈȯ\

Function: noun

Definition: An emotion combining fear and wonder.

Example: The crowd was in awe as the king came out to give his speech. 



Pronunciation: \ˈker-ik-tə-ˌrīz, ˈka-rik-\

Function: verb

Definition: To describe the qualities of

Example: Lisa had been characterized as a shy person, so it was surprising when she started to speak out in class.



Pronunciation: : \-lē\

Function: adjective

Definition: dependable, hard-working

Example: Farmer Smith was described by the community as being a yeomanly figure.


Word of the Day

September 16th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: : \ə-ˈna-lə-səs\

Function: noun

Definition: The process of looking at something carefully and methodically

Example: My teacher’s analysis of my paper was not very favorable. 



Pronunciation: \ˈkā-ˌäs\

Function: noun

Definition: Disorder

Example: Kim’s mother was shocked by the chaos in her room.




Pronunciation: [ˈtsaɪtɡaɪst] (German)

Function: noun

Definition: the mood or spirit of the times

Example: The book was the perfect representation of the 90s zeitgeist.


Word of the Day

September 15th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: \ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Function: noun.

Definition: the act of using something.

Example: Our math teacher used today’s class to teach the application of the formulas he had taught the day before. 



Pronunciation: \bə-ˈzär\

Function: adjective

Definition: very strange; unusual.

Example: I could not explain his bizarre behavior at the party on Friday. 



Pronunciation: \kə-ˈlō-kwē-əl\ 

Function: adjective

Definition: ordinary, informal speech.

Example: I found the Englishman's colloquial expressions confusing. 


Word of the Day

September 14th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen




Pronunciation: \ik-ˈse-sə-bəl, ak-, ek-\

Function: adjective

Definition: Able to be reached or used.

Example: Buildings today must be accessible to people in wheelchairs. 



Pronunciation: \ˈbe-nə-ˌfak-tər\

Function: noun

Definition: Someone who takes care of or gives money to another person.

Example: Mr. Warbucks was Annie’s benefactor; he took care of her.

Note: Mr. Warbucks is a character from the popular American movie, Annie. For more information about this movie please visit



Pronunciation: : \ˈzē-nəth\

Function: noun

Definition: the highest point; peak; pinnacle

Example: After many years of hard work, she had reached the zenith of her career.


First Blog post

September 9th, 2009 — Kirsten Allen


If you're reading this blog that means that you are either a PFA client, or you're interested in going to university in America. In any case, welcome to our blog, and our first blog posting. 

This blog is where we will be posting any information that is relevant to our services, to our clients, our clients' parents, and anyone else who would like to keep up with our rambling.  For instance, this is where you'll find out that for the month of September we are offering: 

Take a FREE SAT Assessment Test in September

And WIN* the ultimate SAT Prep or University Guidance Package

*restrictions & conditions apply

If you're interested in registering for the free assessment test and subsequent lottery please call our office at (028) 8611 1275, or email us at as soon as possible. Places are limited.  

We will be posting regular features including:

Word of the Day
A Student's Life in an American University
English, English, English (for both ESL students and native speakers)
American Culture

Writing for the blog will be our knowledgeable and friendly staff:

Walter Brown
Kirsten Allen
Jenny Mast
Sofia Song
Walisha Wang

In addition we will have several guest writers who will be posting articles about being a student at an American university.  

We encourage you, our readers, to send us your thoughts in response to our blog.  Is the information helpful? Do you have a question you would like to have addressed? Do you have something to add to a post? Please let us know! 

Unfortunately, I must reveal that at the moment our blog is relatively low tech and does not allow for comments or interaction directly on the site. But don't worry! As our technological skills begin to improve we'll be improving both our blog and the website to accommodate comments, a message board, and other tid-bits that should make spending time on the website both fun and educational. In the meantime please email your thoughts to us and we’ll try to make sure that they get addressed within the blog posts. You can email your thoughts and comments to  

Finally, if you would like to be a guest writer for our blog please contact me at Be sure to let me know why you would like to write for us, what you have to say about either the SAT or attending an American university, and how often you would like to contribute.

— Kirsten Allen

Fall schedule update

August 19th, 2009 — Director


You can view our updated fall schedule here.

Fall schedule update

July 28th, 2009 — Webmaster


You can view the fall schedule for our courses here.

Our beta site is now up and running.

July 26th, 2009 — Webmaster


The site will be updated during these few days.